One talented fan of developer Rockstar Games' 80's-themed Grand Theft Auto: Vice City takes it upon themselves to remaster the open world title's intro.
As many fans will certainly attest, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is not only one of the best entries in Rockstar Games' long-running franchise, but also one of the top PlayStation 2 games to play. So, with there being so much love for the PS2-era release, fans of the series will undoubtedly fawn over the YouTube channel Majami Hiroz's remastered footage of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's scene-setting intro.
As seen in the video below made by the Hungarian animator Balazs Kalocsai, the intro for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is brought in line with today's graphical standards, while also retaining some unique qualities all its own. For example, its creator applies a VHS-styled sheen over the footage, making it seem like there are instances of tracking issues occurring.
For those unaware, this isn't the first time that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been given a modern makeover by the gaming community. As a matter of fact, about a year ago, one gamer used Grand Theft Auto 5 as their testing grounds to bring the game to life thanks to a Vice City mod. Plus, not only has the 80's-themed title received somewhat of a fan-made update, but also a fragment of another fan-favorite within the franchise was given a glossy remaster with a gamer putting together a San Andreas trailer remake in GTA 5.
Obviously, Kalocsai's creation above is a labor of love, and it shows in the high quality and attention to detail. Naturally, with the Hungarian animator's piece of work being so well done, it will more than likely cause plenty of fans to hope that Rockstar goes on to make an actual updated version of the game for current generation platforms. Interestingly enough, the studio's parent company Take-Two Interactive hasn't ruled this out, for in the past it has discussed the possibility of PS2 remasters for GTA games if they are done correctly.
With this era in gaming being chock full of remasters and remakes such as Bethesda's recent update of the fifth entry in The Elder Scrolls series with Skyrim: Special Edition, a complete overhaul and re-release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City wouldn't be out of place at all. Of course, to reiterate Take-Two's point, in order to do it justice, it shouldn't be slapped together quickly simply to make a quick buck.
Taking all of this into consideration, even if we don't get a full remaster of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, it's quite possible we will see the title in some permutation down the line. After all, Rockstar said a while back that it hopes to connect all of the cities from the games to have one big world for fans to play in sometime in the future.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City originally launched for the PlayStation 2.